If you think flea control begins and ends with your pets, then you have another thing coming. Fleas are notorious for jumping from one host to another; and whatever flea control issues you think you have, is really nothing more than simple hopes of containing the fleas in a certain locale and preventing these parasites from multiplying. In order to ensure that these pests stay away from your pets for good, you need to make sure that your entire house, especially the yard is naturally repelling the blood sucking insects away. Here are some organic flea control tips that you can use for your exterior space.
Flea control tip # 1
Mow and water the greens. It is as simple as that. If you really want a firm grip on your flea control issues, it would be best to keep your yard trimmed and watered. Mowing the grass means you literally remove the shaded breeding spots where fleas, their larvae and eggs may have fallen from your pets. Watering helps to drown out most larvae and eggs. Plus, the sun reaches the earth faster if the grass is trimmed and helps dehydrate flea eggs.
Flea control tip # 2
Use plants as part of your flea control measures. One of the most organic ways of flea control is to plant insect repelling plants in your garden, your yard, or even in a few pots and plant beds inside your home. Examples of flea repelling plants are: lavender, rosemary, witch hazel and all types of mint plants like pennyroyal.
Flea control tip # 3
Use small balls of organic flea deterrents. If you are not particularly found of plants or you do not really have the space to plant a few greens here and there, you can still use a couple of plant based products as flea control measures. Cut out a small circle from tulle netting and fill it with eucalyptus bark or cedar chips, then tie it into a tight ball. Keep this in areas where the chips can be exposed to sunlight and air, but away from your pets. This flea control measure is effective also indoors. Make sure though that there is no danger of your pets eating or playing with the tulle netting ball. Eucalyptus bark and cedar chips can be toxic to pets when ingested.
Flea control tip #4
Sprinkle diatomaceous earth in shaded areas in and around your home. These are dried sea plankton exoskeletons that are available now in many pet shops and from online retailers. The diatomaceous earth is especially lethal to flea eggs. However, make sure that your pet does not ingest any.